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The Stirring of Soul in the Workplace
by Alan Briskin
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 157675040X, Paperback)Hailed as a "tour de force...and stunning achievement" by Milton Moskowitz, co-author of the book 100 Best Companies to Work for in America, The Stirring of Soul in the Workplace is a classic work that helped promote the value of purpose, passion, and greater spiritual awareness in the workplace. The book, organized into three sections, begins by illuminating the universal role soul has played across time and cultures and why it is still relevant in the modern workplace. Briskin shows us that the soul can be constrained but never lost and highlights how it has been subject to domination in the workplace. In section two, Briskin tells the story of business and management practices which denied the soul and he outlines the consequences to both people and the workplace. Finally, in section three, Briskin anticipates the need for integration, coherence, and social intelligence that is far more accepted today in management practice. Soul, for Briskin, is not a religious concept but an experience of self in relation to the world, an experience common to us all. Soul flows from sources deep within us, from mysterious places that nourish the Self and remind us we are part of something better and larger which requires our attention and love.
Publishers Weekly declared "Briskin integrates the outer world of function with the inner soul of the person in an almost Zen-like fashion..."
This deeply lyrical book offers perspective for those struggling to hear the quiet voice of the soul over the din of the contemporary workplace... Briskin weaves together lessons from history, psychology, and management theory, with numerous real-life examples, to tell the story of how the modern workplace has evolved to value technology and productivity over soulfulness and relationship... Rather than solve the conventional question organizations have been asking for years-how can we change people?-Alan Briskin examines how organizations can better reflect personal and human values in the workplace.
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This deeply lyrical book offers perspective for those struggling to hear the quiet voice of the soul over the din of the contemporary workplace. Alan Briskin shows how the modern organization has gradually increased its demands on us-beginning with our bodies, then our minds, and now our souls. But through the moving personal stories of people fighting to reclaim their souls, he also sends a message that encourages individuals to keep their spiritual integrity and values alive. In The Stirring of Soul In the Workplace, Briskin weaves together lessons from history, psychology, and management theory, with numerous real-life examples, to tell the story of how the modern workplace has evolved to value technology and productivity over soulfulness and relationship. From the Industrial Revolution's marriage of mechanization and efficiency to the management theories of the early 20th century, Briskin traces the emergence of the quest for efficiency and control in the workplace. He questions the corporate concept of individual personality that asks us to check our emotions, fantasies, imaginations, and souls at the door. He describes the history of the soul as a dynamic force that continues to influence our behavior, and shows how excluding it from our work life actually flattens our potential and dampens our creativity. Rather than solve the conventional question organizations have been asking for years-how can we change people?-Alan Briskin examines how organizations can better reflect personal and human values in the workplace. For organizations that too often have sacrificed the well-being of the individual for the goals of the organization, the author suggests a more active way of taking up our work roles that can bring more of our experience and imagination into play. He points out that meaning cannot come from corporate mission statements or reengineering programs. Instead, it needs to be nurtured through dialogue and reflection, the courage to ask troubling questions, and a willingness to face the consequences of our collective and individual actions. When we learn to honor the contradictions, uncertainties, and interconnections inherent in the workplace, the energies of the soul will begin to stir with revitalizing results.
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